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Hanley Bridge


Iowa Department of Transportation

View this photo at publications.iowa.gov

BH Photo #255461



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Jester Park Drive
Polk County, Iowa
Two spans damaged & replaced 1949, Removed Summer 1975 as a National Guard training exercise
- Iowa State Highway Commission of Ames, Iowa (Design of 1953 T3 & TT5 spans)
- Jensen Construction Co. of Des Moines, Iowa & Sand Springs, Oklahoma (Demolisher)
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 360.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.79377, -93.77622   (decimal degrees)
41°47'38" N, 93°46'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/435508/4627169 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56295 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 8, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 24, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • May 19, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



Hanley Bridge
Posted February 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

No problem Luke... I'll have to search for it!

Hanley Bridge
Posted February 11, 2019, by Luke

The current names are correct, as those are the ones used by both the state (The cited study.) and the locals who drove across them (A Facebook group called Lost Des Moines + multiple other articles in both the DSM Register and DSM Tribune that use Hubby/Hanley vs Hubbly/Hanlon.).

For those wishing to see for themselves, search away: https://www.newspapers.com/search/#lnd=1&t=86,84

Tony, would you be willing to scan that booklet and post the scans to the appropriate pages, if you still have it?

Hanley Bridge
Posted February 11, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Several nice truss bridges were lost due to the creation of Saylorsville Lake. I have a booklet that I received at a historic bridge workshop that tells about eyebars from the Hubbly and Chestnut Ford Bridges being "Harvested" for fracture testing at Iowa State University.

Hanley Bridge
Posted February 11, 2019, by Joel Bader (joenonac [at] hotmail [dot] com )

I noticed there were two spellings for the name Hanley--Hanley and Hanlon. I also noticed the spelling for the Hubby Bridge was "Hubbly". After seeing the misspellings for the Hubby Bridge, I have to wonder which spelling is correct. Thoughts?